Friday, Nov 30, 2001 The Week

HOLY WAR, INC.: INSIDE THE SECRET WORLD OF OSAMA BIN LADEN Peter L. Bergen (Free Press, $ 26) The locustlike clicking of keyboards has reached a deafening pitch in recent weeks as quickie bin Laden books are pounded out by the bushel. Poking through the noise is this four-years-in-the-making effort by CNN terrorism analyst Bergen, who has not only interviewed the al-Qaeda leader but spent significant time in Afghanistan and the surrounding environs.

I am no Philip Roth fan, but I found The Human Stain (Vintage pounds 6.99, pp384) brilliantly structured, coupling a certain darkness with really surprising twists. Peter Bergen’s Holy War Inc (Weidenfeld & Nicolson pounds 18.99, pp302) is a brilliant insight into the compromise…

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2001 Holy War, Inc. By Peter L. Bergen

“The airwaves quickly filled with blathering bloviators, who called this an attack on ‘the American way of life,’ ” writes Peter L. Bergen in the afterward of his intelligent and witty (who would have thought?) exploration of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. In such a spirit, I’m going to do everyone a favor and not make any 9/11-summing-up statements, and just tell you that Bergen has a wonderful ear for the absurd and a great sense of humor, is a marvelous storyteller and a companionable escort on this journey into bin Laden’s world.

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2001 The holy warrior

The holy warrior The most entertaining of current books on Osama bin Laden paints him as a devout, charismatic CEO of worldwide terror. – – – – – – – – – – – – By Laura Miller Nov. 21, 2001 | Without a doubt, Peter Bergen’s “Holy War, Inc.” is the most entertaining of […]

If any good could possibly emerge from the tragedies of Sept. 11, it would be that regular Americans develop more of an interest in the world beyond their borders. Yes, U.S. diplomats, government workers, think-tank dwellers and academics possess a more global perspective. But not until 9/11 did serious books on Islam and Afghanistan become sellouts at chain bookstores.

Monday, Nov 19, 2001 Inside Osama bin Laden’s world

CNN’s terrorism expert Peter Bergen joined us Thursday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. ET to discuss his new book — Holy War Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden.
Bergen spent four years researching the book which was rushed into print after the Sept. 11 attacks. In the book, Bergen reveals how bin Laden lives, where his money comes from and how the al-Qaeda operatives have penetrated North American society.

Sunday, Nov 18, 2001 21st-Century Jihad

The Free Press. $26. The gathering — a sea of colored cloth, flowing robes, turbans and fezzes, of silk headscarves and pantaloons — rose rhythmically to chants of “jihad” and “Allahu akbar” (“God is great”). Anguished lectures described an unrelenting threat from the West. It was 1995 in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, at a biennial meeting of militant Muslim groups from more than 80 countries.

ONLY RARELY does an author contradict his own publisher’s hype as directly as Peter Bergen in his preface to Holy War, Inc. The dustjacket makes the impossible claim that this is “the complete story of bin Laden’s life, career and influence”. Peter Bergen, however, acknowledges that the book was not originally intended for publication until next summer.

America’s crash course in Al Qaeda 101 continues tomorrow night (at 8 on MSNBC) with the airing of “Holy War, Inc.” a “National Geographic Explorer” documentary that draws on the expertise of Peter Bergen, the telegenic terror expert who interviewed Osama bin Laden four years ago and is author of “Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden.”America

“Holy War, Inc.” is essentially a concise encapsulation of what we’ve learned about Osama bin Laden in the days since the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., adding some less-well- known but equally chilling information. Former CNN reporter Peter Bergen, whose new book provides the title of this report, has been studying Afghanistan and Pakistan for nearly 20 years. Bergen tells us that bin Laden first got his taste for American blood in Somalia in the early ’90s, when an American mission to deal with the nation’s then-ruling warlord went horribly awry and 18 American servicemen were killed. Muslims were already angered at images of American troops celebrating Christmas in Muslim territory during the Gulf War, and another American assault on their lands – even if it was for the humanitarian purpose of restoring order to a war-torn land run by a corrupt and brutal regime – chafed even further.